This week, I want to branch out and share something that has become a passion of mine besides whisky. The concept of health, healthy eating and thus healthy cooking. This is why I’m starting a new series called Home Economics for the Modern Day Man, a series teaching you about how to get healthy without breaking the bank and a guide to better yourself.
Why should you think about home economics in the first place?
Home Economics according to dictionary.com is “the art and science of home management.” I specifically chose the title of this series because I believe all men (and women) should, at some point in their lives, learn how to take care of themselves and their home environment. Its an art form and one trait that defines a modern day gentlemen. Let’s dive in.
When you’re fending for yourself, cooking food from scratch is rarely a top priority.
Cooking takes valuable time, raw ingredients cost money, and there are plenty of convenient ready meal and take-away alternatives out there for those that don’t want the hassle.
Plenty of us fall into the “don’t want the hassle” category, it seems, as convenience food is quickly becoming the norm over the home-cooked alternative. Convenience foods are the largest growing food market sector in the US, for example, and 85% of countries consume more packaged food than fresh. It’s also men that are driving sales of convenience food over women, particularly those in the 18-24 age-range.
Ready meals, take-aways and grab-and-go food options are ubiquitous in today’s society. But, for all of their promise of low-cost, hassle-free living, they’re actually doing serious damage to our wallets, and our waistlines, as well as increasing our chances of contracting serious health problems later in life.
Let’s dispel some of the myths surrounding convenience cuisine, and reveal the home truths about the benefits of home-cooking.
So, if you’re a devotee to microwave lasagnes, take-out pizzas or store-bought sandwiches, then take note. This article is food for thought for the fast-food devotee.